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Car CD Players

Golden LegGolden Leg Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I've inherited an older Jetta with a mediocre stereo deck and faceplate. Looking to buy a new one that reads data CDs and/or has an auxiliary input.

My question is this. Since a stereo deck is already installed, do I need to buy a complete CD-MP3 player, or do I just need to buy a faceplate? I'm looking at picking up a Kenwood KDC-138.

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I'm pretty sure you would need to buy the whole unit as the display plate doesn't have anything to do with its actual capabilities...

    Or am I misunderstanding your question?

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    PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Chanus wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure you would need to buy the whole unit as the display plate doesn't have anything to do with its actual capabilities...

    Or am I misunderstanding your question?

    Bolded, unless he means "do I need a new dash/trim kit"?

    If there's already an aftermarket deck in there, you shouldn't need to do anything other than pull old/install new. If it's still the factory one, then you'll need a dash kit likely otherwise it'll look like a ghetto-install, or may not even have any mounting rails/screwholes ready.

    More info on what's currently in there would be good too. I'm assuming it's just a head unit, no outboard amps or anything, using factory wiring. Get a wiring harness and your new head unit, and you can swap that sucker in less than two hours (I'm assuming you've never done a stereo install before.)

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    Golden LegGolden Leg Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    My question is answered! Thanks for the thorough and expeditious replies.

    EDIT: Oh, and there's already an aftermarket deck in the car, so installation should be easier. Nothing a Chilton manual and a few hours of frustration can't handle.

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    SideAffectsSideAffects Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Crutchfield is the best place to order stereos from, imho. They include EVERYTHING; wiring harnesses, dash kits, keys to remove the old factory stereo, EVERYTHING. awesome prices too.

    Also, don't be afraid to install it yourself. They are hella-easy

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